Menlo commissioner also working as HSR publicist


As reported in local newspapers, Menlo Park transportation commissioner Katherine Strehl signed on to handle publicity for the California High-Speed Rail Authority earlier this year.

The new job means she'll have to recuse herself from any discussions and votes on high-speed rail that come before the Transportation Commission, which Ms. Strehl has served on since April 2010.

"Frankly I don't think many high-speed rail issues will come to the commission," she said. "The council has a subcommittee that deals with high-speed rail. I don't speak for the rail authority and it's not my job to try to influence the council."

Previously handling external affairs for BART, Ms. Strehl described her new role as coordinating statewide education and outreach by the rail authority to communities along the proposed rail route.

Meanwhile, in September Menlo Park joined with Palo Alto and Atherton in filing a lawsuit to challenge certification of the environmental impact report for HSR.

Attorney Stuart Flashman, who represents the cities, said this lawsuit examines different aspects of the project from a lawsuit filed in 2008, such as widening its right-of-way and eliminating tunnels as an option for the Peninsula segment. The case is currently meandering its way through the courts.

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Posted by CSheen
a resident of another community
on Mar 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Well, I wouldn't hire her.

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Posted by c'mon c'mon
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 8, 2011 at 8:16 pm

There were some very mature/informative comments on this story, but now I can't find them- can someone help point me to where they are? Recall some very helpful input from one of Katherine's fellow Transportation Commission members in particular.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 9, 2011 at 1:42 am

Well that was a useful article.

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Posted by Joan
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 9, 2011 at 7:55 am

C'mon c'com,

Here's the thread you're looking for:

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